Max Ree-Goodings is a 23 year old Bachelor of Arts graduate from Monash University. Among many pursuits he writes for technology website, Techin5. A love of snowboarding, music, food & all things computer-related leave him without a clear direction going forward, but many ways to escape! If you want to know more, you can find him on Twitter @maxreegoodings
Sometimes we all need to escape. I am at the tail end of a rather lengthy job interview process. I have had my final interview and been told that I would be contacted about the job, regardless of whether I get it or not. This was good news in some ways, but at the same time I was told that there is no time frame for when they will get back to me.
It has been close to two weeks since the interview and I still have not heard anything, two weeks of waiting. I have been essentially unemployed since about February this year, doing odd jobs for friends and family in between, and finally succumbed to the dreaded Centrelink for support. It has been challenging, lots of time, not so much to do. Most people tend to believe that I am lazy, but this is not strictly true. I find it very easy to find time for myself, to relax and lead a stress free lifestyle. It is not an issue of laziness, anyone who knows me and has seen me in a professional setting will realise that I work hard but efficiently. On my own time I am a relaxation machine, in the last few months there have been many days where I have not even left the house, but there is a limit to how much relaxing anyone can do, and I am no exception. I have been through plenty of interviews in this time, but the majority of the time I am simply waiting. While waiting, particularly for important news, it is critical that you distract yourself from the matter at hand, otherwise you will begin to stress, or even worse in this situation, be consumed with self-doubt. This is why you must escape.
A typical escape is something that removes you from the current plane of consciousness, this may sound pretentious, but the idea is that by removing yourself from your own problems, taking on a completely new environment if you will, you can get by. It is essentially a survival instinct, rather than stressing over something you cannot change, completely remove the issue from your mind. People have a plethora of different methods to achieve escape; personally I choose the rather mundane route of video games. Of course I will admit that there are better ways to escape out there, I could exercise, read a book, cook, sleep in the sun, or choose the bad boy option and drink away my problems. Why computers? I have always been interested in technology, as difficult and complex as computers can be, I understand them. The best part about this is their ability to transport me to another reality. Whether I am playing a video game, building or researching computers, or simply using them as a portal to Facebook, computers remove me from my everyday stressors. This is the key, giving your mind a break means when you are forced to confront an issue again, you often have a fresh perspective, and even a solution to the problem. Our minds are incredible tools, too often we fail to use them properly.
Keep your mind fresh, that is the only piece of advice I have for anyone stumbling on this article. Maybe reading this gives your mind the break it needed and the ability to solve a problem in your own life. I will admit this is an ambitious aim, but if it works for even one person I have succeeded.
How do you escape?